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Old 03-11-2013, 09:44 AM
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After watching in awe at the videos of giant bluefin taking free baits then ones with hooks in next to the boat at P.E.I. I would love to know when is the best time of year to go and fish for them and what is the aproximate cost.
Also what is the sucsess rate- do they have a shot every day in season or do they go weeks without seeing a fish.

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Old 03-11-2013, 09:51 AM
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Cj catchinjiants did a big write up report last year let me see if I can find it
Old 03-11-2013, 09:54 AM
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...der-bft.html#b
Old 03-11-2013, 10:01 AM
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He will probably be doing another report sometime soon since I think he just finished up his videos.

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September is the month to be there. Boats typically charge $1000/day.

Check out www.tightlinetours.com
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I agree with basil we did three different 3 day trips during sept and early oct with Greg and spencer norton of tightline tours and we had good success with multiple hookups everyday. Our lodging was around $80 a night and you could share a room so $40 pp
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The charter association was considering raising the daily rate to 1250.00 a day. As far as timing goes every year is a little different but sept is probably the most consistent and if possible stay away from the full moon as it makes the current run harder and pushes the herring offshore a little ways. Scott bruce and his father walter are solid guys to go with and have one of the nicest boats in the fleet a 45' provincial with all brand new simrad electronics and Walter has been running charters up there since the 60s so he is a wealth of knowledge. I've been going to Canada tuna fishing for over 20 yrs now and can honestly say Scott and walter are two of the best fishermen i've ever fished with either commercial or recreationallly so i wouldnt hesitate to book with them.

http://brucestunacharters.ca/
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That's too funny. I was up this morning at 3:00 and could not go back to sleep so I went on the computer and ended up watching Catchin Jiant's video on youtube. Pretty bad ass stuff.
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http://www.tonystunafishing.com/index.html

I heard the a guy from Bruce brothers charters speaking at the Mass Bay Guides who was refferring to 5-600lb tuna as "the small ones." lmaoooo
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Originally Posted by Prolineguy View Post
http://www.tonystunafishing.com/index.html

I heard the a guy from Bruce brothers charters speaking at the Mass Bay Guides who was refferring to 5-600lb tuna as "the small ones." lmaoooo
They are.....thats the scary part
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I would say the largest % of fish are in the 500-700lb range especially in sept, Oct is when the majority of bruisers are caught and more over towards Cape Breton. There are definitely some grander sized fish but not every other one is a grander like people say in the videos, Its very easy to call a fish a grander then release but its a different story to see 4 numbers then a decimal on the scale and know for sure that you hit the mark.
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Thank you all for the info and links to truly inspirational photos videos and story's. Definatly one place to fish in the next couple of years before I'm too old to do it stand up.

Regards and thank you Gary
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I'm from P.E.I. and get back to fish more than most. I fish with Captian Darren MacKinnion , absolutely top notch. You can pm me for specific questions related to "The Island"
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correct me if I am mistaken everyone but what turned me off to that place is that you barely take a look at the fish before they cut the line to release the fish, and the only option you have to KEEP the fish is the pay thousands of dollars for them to "use their tag" and all those thousands pay for is that you get to take a picture with the hanging fish, they still get to keep it. Personally that kind of pissed me off.

I do respect that they manage their fishery well, and thats awesome. Very VERY few places would do that and I admire their restraint but why the hell would I pay someone a couple grand for them to "let me" take a picture with a fish I paid for them to take me to catch. NOWHERE else in the world would that work.

That put a bad taste in my mouth, and while the fish arent near as big or as plentiful, ill take North carolina or somewhere similar.
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correct me if I am mistaken everyone but what turned me off to that place is that you barely take a look at the fish before they cut the line to release the fish, and the only option you have to KEEP the fish is the pay thousands of dollars for them to "use their tag" and all those thousands pay for is that you get to take a picture with the hanging fish, they still get to keep it. Personally that kind of pissed me off.

I do respect that they manage their fishery well, and thats awesome. Very VERY few places would do that and I admire their restraint but why the hell would I pay someone a couple grand for them to "let me" take a picture with a fish I paid for them to take me to catch. NOWHERE else in the world would that work.

That put a bad taste in my mouth, and while the fish arent near as big or as plentiful, ill take North carolina or somewhere similar.
dont know who you fished with but that is definitely not even close to true,we had multiple hookups every day with fish to 1000#s and always swam them by the boat to revive them which gave many photo opportunities. They are only allowed one kill tag a year so the money they get from that supplements their income for the long winter ahead,and I dont know where you come up with the thousands of dollars from.I also fish NC A LOT and it pales in comparison to PEI in terms of #s and quality and you are only allowed one fish to keep for roughly $1000 more for the charter than in PEI and youre running two hours not 15 min
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Can you please tell me the rules of how many you can fight ad for how long? I've read conflicting info..
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Can you please tell me the rules of how many you can fight ad for how long? I've read conflicting info..
One per charter to the boat. the rules for fighting are ever changing but 2 yrs ago it was 90min as per the DFS in 2012 it was knocked down to 60 minutes
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dont know who you fished with but that is definitely not even close to true,we had multiple hookups every day with fish to 1000#s and always swam them by the boat to revive them which gave many photo opportunities. They are only allowed one kill tag a year so the money they get from that supplements their income for the long winter ahead,and I dont know where you come up with the thousands of dollars from.I also fish NC A LOT and it pales in comparison to PEI in terms of #s and quality and you are only allowed one fish to keep for roughly $1000 more for the charter than in PEI and youre running two hours not 15 min
thanks for clearing that up a bit. I have not been there but know some who have and while they all had the time of their life, There were a few down sides. I agree NC and PEI are two different beasts but I would prefer to tow my boat to NC and have a fair chance at keeping a 3-600 lber...just personal preference. I know they are schoolies compared to the true giants at PEI.

So there is a max # of hookups you can have per day, and you can only "catch" one per day at 60 min max time is that correct?
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thanks for clearing that up a bit. I have not been there but know some who have and while they all had the time of their life, There were a few down sides. I agree NC and PEI are two different beasts but I would prefer to tow my boat to NC and have a fair chance at keeping a 3-600 lber...just personal preference. I know they are schoolies compared to the true giants at PEI.

So there is a max # of hookups you can have per day, and you can only "catch" one per day at 60 min max time is that correct?
No its one "per trip" and a "day" consists of two trips. After you catch your first fish they go back to the dock which is usually a short run and then go right back out to fish for the second one. By going back to the dock it is considered two charters which allows the second fish. Yes the max fight time is 60 min.
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Originally Posted by proFISHent View Post
thanks for clearing that up a bit. I have not been there but know some who have and while they all had the time of their life, There were a few down sides. I agree NC and PEI are two different beasts but I would prefer to tow my boat to NC and have a fair chance at keeping a 3-600 lber...just personal preference. I know they are schoolies compared to the true giants at PEI.

So there is a max # of hookups you can have per day, and you can only "catch" one per day at 60 min max time is that correct?
3 hookups and then your done

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